Monday, May 21, 2012

What I Meant Was…

Newark Mayor Cory Booker went on Meet The Press yesterday and called the Obama campaign attack ads on Mitt Romney’s history with Bain Capital as “nauseating.”

“This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity, stop attacking Jeremiah Wright,” Booker said during a roundtable on the program, referencing also the plan mulled by a Republican super PAC to link the president to a controversial pastor.

Wait, I thought he was an Obama backer. Yeah, apparently he thought better of it, because later on he went to the trouble of recording a statement for Youtube that walked that whole MTP moment back.

“I also professed, on ‘Meet the Press,’ my profound frustration with the kind of campaigning that I think that is becoming too much of the norm in our nation — which is generally negative campaigning. And this campaigning is about to become an avalanche, and in many ways, I believe, could potentially risk muting out the important voices of the candidates themselves talking about the issues that matter,” he added, referencing the millions spent by outside super PACs on campaign advertising.

And of Romney’s Bain record, Booker said: “Let me be clear: Mitt Romney has made his business record a centerpiece of his campaign … and therefore, it is reasonable — and in fact, I encourage it for the Obama campaign — to examine that record and to discuss it. I have no problem with that.”

Sounds like someone got a phone call from Chicago. Glad we cleared that up.